Retired Gen. Tommy Franks -- nominee to be czar of just about everything;
Midland, Texas high school graduate one year ahead of First Lady Laura Bush;
Republican Convention speaker; Presidential Medal of Freedom wearer and frequent
public reader of the Constitution -- has been caught with his hand in the cookie
The Southern New Jersey Courier-Post reported this week that veterans were
angered and initially taken aback when they learned that almost $25,000 in taxpayer
money was being used to help pay Franks's $75,000 speaking fee for an upcoming
October 29 appearance in Camden.
Since his withdrawal from the military in 2003, Franks has been on the speaker
circuit. A quick check on the web found him giving speeches at the Networked
Economy Summit (October 2003), National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation
(December 2003), American Farm Bureau (December 2003), Los Angeles University
of Judaism’s 2004 Public Lecture Series (February 2004), International
Futures Industry Conference (March 2004), TechNet International 2004 (May 2004),
Bethesda Foundation (May 2004), Florida Forum (October 2004), Independence Bowl
Foundation (December 2004), Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs
Conference (February 2005), Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. (August 2005),
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation (September 2005), and the Community Bankers
Association of Oklahoma (September 2005). His appearances are open to print
press only -- no radio or television -- and tape recorders are not allowed.
In May, the Tampa Bay business journal reported http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/stories/2005/05/16/story1.html
that Franks was sharing his artillery expertise by joining the board of directors
of Outback Steakhouse, where he is getting $60,000 in cash and stock, as well
as $100,000 in restricted stock.
According to Franks's bio http://www.tommyfranks.com/About.shtml
and other sources, the General serves on the boards of directors of the National
Park Foundation, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Foundation, is an advisor to the
Central Command Memorial Foundation and the Military Child Education Coalition.
He is Honorary National Chair of the Flight 93 National Memorial fundraising
campaign, and a spokesman for the Salute America's Heroes Foundation and the
Southeastern Guide Dogs Organization. He isn't running for anything.
Franks, of course, isn't the only beneficiary of the retired military's
money circuit. Here are some updates from that front.
Gen. Richard Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, will serve with John Ashcroft as keynote speaker at the 2006 Network
Centric Warfare Conference http://www.ncw2006.com/
in January, the Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA) announced
Myers may have to work on his speaking. When asked last month by the Today
Show's Matt Lauer to share a "do-over" he might consider in his time
as Chairman, Myers said:
"Well, as you look back at the, at the last four years, if you look at
what we've tried to do in Iraq, which I think is, is very important and central
to our security and, and peace and stability in that region of the world for
that matter, because it's such a simple battlefield for al-Qaeda. The things,
as you look back at such a hard task, there's, there's, there's a lot of things
as you look back you say, `Well, gee, I wish I'd done this instead of that.'"
I blogged earlier http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning/2005/10/busier_than_par.html
on retired Gen. Ron Fogleman, surely the king of all cashing
Thanks to RM for pointing out that Fogleman was also National Veterans for
Bush-Cheney Vice Chair in 2000 and endorsed George Bush for President in 2004.
Recently retired Air Force Gen. John W. Handy
has wasted no time joining http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-22-2005/0004113514&EDATE=
the board of directors of American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier and American
Auto Logistics. He was commander of U.S. Transportation Command.
Retired Adm. Paul David Miller, who retired as chairman of
the board of Alliant Techsystems in March, has joined the board of UGS Corp
this month. Miller also is a member of the board of directors of Donaldson Company,
Inc., Anteon International Corp., and Teledyne Technologies, Inc.
Former Air Force Gen. Donald G. Cook, who retired on August
1, has joined http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-15-2005/0004108267&EDATE=
the board of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.
Retired Rear Adm. Charles "Bert" Johnston has been
vice president, developmental systems for the Aerospace Group of Wyle Laboratories,
Retired Gen. Lester L. Lyles, former Air Force Vice Chief
of Staff and director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization in the 1990's,
has joined http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2005/10/03/daily7.html
the board of NCR Government Systems. He already serves on the board of General
Dynamics, MTC Technologies, Inc., DPL Inc. <http://www.bizjournals.com/search/bin/search?q=%22DPL%20Inc%22&t=dayton>
and his a "senior adviser" for accounting firm Deloitte and Touche
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Charles S. ("Chuck") Mahan,
has become http://finanzen.net/news/news_detail.asp?NewsNr=338388
vice president of homeland security and defense for SAP Public Services,
Inc. (September 2005-). Mahan is also on the advisory board of Firefly Energy,
Retired Rear Adm. Thomas A. Brooks, former Director of Naval
Intelligence, has joined http://www.pressreleasenetwork.com/newsroom/news_view.phtml?news_id=1485
the board of NetStar Systems International, Inc. He is also on the board of
SAFENET Corporation and is on the President's Council for the National Laboratories
at the University of California, a member of the Navy Research Advisory Counsel
panel on Future Threats and a member of the Defense Intelligence Agency Advisory
Retired Army Brig. Gen. Richard Wilmot has also joined http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/10-04-2005/0004159421&EDATE=
the board of Mobile Assets Corp. Wilmot is former commandant of the Army Intelligence
Center and School.